The Cogtweeto Philosophy Workshop Series is free, public, all-online workshop series developed to create a new and radically more accessible space for philosophical conversation. I co-founded the series with fellow PhD student Cassie Finley (University of Iowa) in December 2020 and continue to serve as co-organizer.
how it started
Born out of the "Zoom Boom" of the Coronavirus pandemic, our initial goal for Cogtweeto ("I tweet therefore I am") was to encourage those on "Philosophy Twitter" – whose interactions are typically (merely) social in nature – to engage more deeply with each others’ "actual" philosophical work. As the initiative has grown, our focus has shifted to improving access to philosophical spaces by lowering physical, institutional, and financial barriers to entry.
how it's going
Our primary aims are now threefold.
First, to provide a decentralized, more accessible, more just forum for philosophical conferencing which welcomes and prioritizes those with little to no institutional access to traditional conference spaces. This includes advanced undergraduates, graduate students with little institutional backing, early career researchers, adjunct lecturers and otherwise contingent faculty, and independent scholars.
Second, to provide low stakes practice opportunities for academic presentation and audience participation across a range of talk formats.
And third, to promote free, public access to contemporary philosophical research.
“Cogtweeto’s Radical Accessibility: Expanding Public Philosophy Online” (Panel)
Jen Foster, Cassie Finley, A.G. Holdier, and Jonathan McKinney
Public Philosophy Network 2023
Santa Cruz, CA